3rd Workshop on String Theory and Gender

University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ

The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of gender issues in our field and to develop actions to address gender inequality.

Two half days of the workshop will be devoted to gender issues, with talks presenting statistics on female participation at different career stages and the effects of actions to improve the situation. The gender sessions will be interactive, with participants encouraged to contribute their own experiences and ideas. After the workshop, we plan to produce a report on possible actions and circulate this to the wider community.

The other sessions of the workshop will be devoted to recent developments in theoretical physics, with review talks on topical subjects. There will also be the possibility for short contributed talks by early career researchers.

This workshop is the third of this kind (the first workshop on string theory and gender took place in Valencia in July 2015 and the second took place in Paris in June 2016). We would like to encourage men and women, junior and senior scientists, to participate in the workshop.


Gender issues: 

Mike Childress (Astronomy, University of Southampton) talk slides

Valerie Gibson (Experimental Particle Physics, University of Cambridge) talk slides

Wim van Saarloos (Director FOM/transition NWO and Theoretical Physics, Leiden University) talk slides

Overview talks:

Jan de Boer (University of Amsterdam) talk slides

Claudia de Rham (Imperial College London) Cancelled last minute

James Drummond (University of Southampton) talk slides

Balt van Rees (University of Durham) talk slides

Anastasia Volovich (Brown University) Cancelled last minute (due to snowstorm in Boston)

(Unfortunately Anastasia Volovich and Claudia de Rham had to cancel their attendance at late notice due to snow storms in Boston etc. James kindly agreed to step in for Anastasia with one day's notice.)


Oscar Dias, Andy O'Bannon, Kostas Skenderis and Marika Taylor

Web Resources

American Physical Society: Women in Physics

EU Gender Portal

IOP reports on gender issues in uptake of physics in UK

  • Aaron Poole
  • Alice Harpole
  • Andrea Marzolla
  • Andrew O'Bannon
  • Annalisa Gastaldello
  • Ben Niehoff
  • Bo Sundborg
  • Carlos Nunez
  • Chrysostomos Kalousios
  • Cynthia Keeler
  • Céline Zwikel
  • Emma Osborne
  • Esperanza Lopez
  • Gavin Hartnett
  • Georgios Katsianis
  • Gianluca Inverso
  • Gianmassimo Tasinato
  • Hamideh Hosseini
  • Hynek Paul
  • Innocent Opara
  • Ivonne Zavala
  • James Drummond
  • Joan Garcia Tormo
  • Kostas Skenderis
  • Marco Caldarelli
  • Mariana Grana
  • Marika Taylor
  • Moein Mirza Amraji
  • Mohammed Bensed
  • Nick Evans
  • Ramon Masachs
  • Ronnie Rodgers
  • Sebastian Fischetti
  • shafeeq Rahman Thottoli
  • Silvia Penati
  • Stanislav Schmidt
  • Susha Louise Parameswaran
  • Valentina Giangreco Puletti
  • Victoria Lepingwell
  • Wynn Ho
  • yafet Sanchez Sanchez
  • Yolanda Lozano
  • Zoe Slade
    • Welcome
    • Review talk: Scattering Amplitudes, James Drummond (Bldg. 54 Room 10B/C)
    • 3:00 PM
      Coffee break
    • Causality constraints in gravitational theories, Jose Edelstein (Bldg. 54 Room 10B/C)
    • Review of gender data in the UK and EU (Bldg. 54 Room 10B/C)
    • 5:00 PM
    • Review talk: Conformal Bootstrap, Balt van Rees (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)

      Conformal Bootstrap, Balt van Rees

    • 10:30 AM
    • Non-Abelian T-duality, Carlos Nunez (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • 12:00 PM
    • Gender talk: Wim van Saarloos (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • Gender talk: Mike Childress (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • 2:30 PM
    • Discussion groups (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • Review talk: Entanglement, Jan de Boer (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • 10:30 AM
    • Contributed talk: Gianmassimo Tasinato (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • Contributed talk: Yafet Sanchez (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • 12:00 PM
    • Gender talk: "Journey to the end of the rainbow" Val Gibson (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • 2:00 PM
    • Discussion groups (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)
    • Conclusions (Bldg. 54 Floor 4 Ketley Room)